Goodbye Summer, Hello Fantasycon!

September 16th, 2008 • Posted in News |

Well, wasn’t summer a pile of shite this year? We had a sunny day a couple of days ago, and it felt like we’d moved to another part of the world. We love eating al fresco, and this year I reckon we managed it maybe fifteen times in total. The day of my UK book launch was a scorcher, and since then it’s been crap.

Ho hum.

But the good thing about September swinging around, rainy weather and all, is that Fantasycon is fast approaching. In fact, it’s on Friday! It’s always one of the highlights of the year for me, and this one is going to be more exciting and busier than most. Chris Golden, my mate and co-writer from the ‘States, is one of the Guests of Honor (see what I did there? In honour of our American friend?). Though Chris and I chat most days, it’ll be great to actually see him for the first time in over a year.

Here’s my schedule for the weekend:

Friday 7:15pm – Humdrumming Book Launch (where they’ll be launching my novella The Reach of Children).

9:00 – Curry. Oh yes.

Saturday 10:00am – Trends in Horror (panel … bear in mind this is 10am on the Saturday of Fantasycon, most of us wouldn’t have hit the sack until 4am, and if you want anything approaching coherent discussion – let alone insightful and knowledgeable – go elsewhere).

Saturday 2pm – Allison & Busby book launch (for my novels FALLEN and THE EVERLASTING)

Saturday 4:45pm – I’ll be interviewing Christopher Golden on stage. Bwa-ha-ha.

Saturday 7pm – Banquet

Saturday 9pm -British Fantasy Awards ceremony (I’m presenting Best Small Press with Reggie Oliver, and I’m nominated for Best Short Story and Best Novella)

Sunday 11am – When Does Fantasy Become Horror (panel)

So there you have it, the busiest convention weekend I think I’ve ever faced, and I cannot wait. If you’re coming along, please say hello. Mine’s a pint of decent ale, if you can find one.

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